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Small Diverse Businesses


The Department of General Services’ Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion & Small Business Opportunities (BDISBO) is responsible for assisting small and diverse businesses, including Minority Business Enterprises, Women Business Enterprises, Veteran Business Enterprises, Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises, Disability-Owned Business Enterprises, and LGBT Business Enterprises in competing for Commonwealth contracting opportunities.

BDISBO, through the Verification Program, verifies self-certified small businesses as Small Diverse Businesses (SDBs) when they hold certifications from third party entities including:

For complete details on how to become a Small or Small Diverse Business or to participate in the two programs, visit the Small Business Contracting Program and Small Diverse Business Program pages.



  • Pennsylvania Small Business Week - April 30 - May 6, 2017

  • Pennsylvania Small Business Week is part of a national event celebrating the contributions of small businesses to our communities and economy while sharing the resources supporting current and future entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses. During the week, we shared information on events, resources, and small business success stories across our state. We encourage you to explore our site and visit often to learn how you can engage in our dynamic entrepreneurial and small business community. We value our small businesses, and are committed to fostering a business environment where your services and products reach both niche markets and a wider audience to help you expand your reach here, and see how we can help you grow and thrive.
  • Job Opportunity Contracting Fairs
    • Central Region - POSTPONED, NEW DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED. Location: DGS Annex Complex, The Chapel Building #15, 1110 S. Hemlock Dr., Harrisburg, PA 17110
    • Eastern Region - POSTPONED, NEW DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED. Location: Lehigh University, Iacocca Hall, Wood Dining Room, 111 Research Dr., Bethlehem, PA 18015
    • Western Region - POSTPONED, NEW DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED. Location: Associated Builders and Contractors of Western PA, Training Room, 2360 Venture Dr., Gibsonia, PA 15044


Contact Us

Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion & Small Business Opportunities
Room 601 North Office Building
401 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0500
(717) 783-3119
(717) 787-7052 Fax

General Email
Verification Questions
Small Business Questions